What is a good sleeping aid supplement?

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    Sep 17, 2008 3:40 AM GMT
    Alright, so I've been having trouble sleeping lately. I have too much damn energy at night and am afraid to take any pills to help me sleep. Plus, I don't want it to ruin my muscle building routine. Please give some adviceicon_smile.gif
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    Sep 17, 2008 3:47 AM GMT
    GABA (gamma amino-butyric acid)
    5-HTP (5-Hyrdoxytryptophan)

    Lunesta

    STAY AWAY FROM AMBIEN....it allows you to walk and more in your sleep with NO RECOLLECTION when you wake.
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    Sep 17, 2008 4:21 AM GMT
    Today I purchased a supplement called ZMA, I've heard a lot of good about it. I'll let you know.
  • shoelessj

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    Sep 17, 2008 4:30 AM GMT
    i work split shifts, odd hours and have had some luck with melatonin. it's a supplement, that's made by many of the bigger supplement companies, relatively cheap, and it knocks you out within an hour or so of taking it.


  • GQjock

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    Sep 17, 2008 10:10 AM GMT
    I agree with shoe
    start out with the mildest med possible
    and melatonin is as mild as you can get
    you might try after a Tylenol PM
    and see where that gets you
  • D972

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    Sep 17, 2008 4:20 PM GMT
    Valerian (smells awful) & GABA do the trick for me. Go for the capsule form of Valerian not the tea... because it really has a pugnant odor.

    Melatonin did not work by itself.

    ZMA for restoring your testosterone levels (and yeah it does work -- *looks at the zits on my face*) and sound sleep.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 17, 2008 4:32 PM GMT
    I get Meltonin Plus at Costso...It's super cheap and puts me in dream land within a half hour
  • auryn

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    Sep 17, 2008 4:53 PM GMT
    A little white noise, like a fan helps me. But when that doesn't work, I rub one out or jump the boyfriend.
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    Sep 17, 2008 5:01 PM GMT
    I'm lucky I guess - I never need any sleeping pills. If I can't sleep - I get into a book - or maybe "nature's" method (j/o or banging my overnight guest!)
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    Sep 17, 2008 7:59 PM GMT
    There are so many things that could be causing this. Stress, drink, caffeine sensitivity, diet.

    I think sleep aid tea is great. Chamomile, with valerian, and mint does the trick for me, but I also can't have caffeine past 6PM or I can't get to sleep. Sleepytime tea by Celestial Seasons is good. Most pills like GABA, 5-HTP, and melatonin don't really have research to back up their effectiveness and can be pricey.
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Sep 17, 2008 8:29 PM GMT
    Read some of the political "discussion" threads on here and you'll guarantee knocking yourself out in one of two ways: your mind will shut down in response to the hyperbole and the widely differing worldviews (and apparently different worlds people live on) OR you'll bore yourself with the monotony.

    Either way, you'll succeed in getting some sleep. Side effects may include dreams regarding Sen. Obama carrying Bill Kristol's love-child, who is destined to call forth the Rapture and establish abortion-while-you-wait clinics at all McDonald restaurants, prompting all woman who "wear sensible shoes" to descend to Hell in favor of "properly" vampy women who will reign the land for a per mill of a millenium (for so sayeth the Book of the Popcorn-Munching Cat).
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    Sep 17, 2008 8:30 PM GMT
    fildelight saidAlright, so I've been having trouble sleeping lately. I have too much damn energy at night and am afraid to take any pills to help me sleep. Plus, I don't want it to ruin my muscle building routine. Please give some adviceicon_smile.gif


    Without knowing your daily routine, it would be hard to give advice. If it's not a cronic problem and is just "lately", I would give it a few nights before taking any meds. Also, watch what you eat before sleeping or not sleeping, I guess. lol.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Sep 17, 2008 9:22 PM GMT
    Benadryl 1/2 tab at bedtime.
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    Sep 17, 2008 9:28 PM GMT
    Vodka.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Sep 17, 2008 9:30 PM GMT
    Caslon7000 saidGABA (gamma amino-butyric acid)
    5-HTP (5-Hyrdoxytryptophan)

    Lunesta

    STAY AWAY FROM AMBIEN....it allows you to walk and more in your sleep with NO RECOLLECTION when you wake.



    You're not kidding! The last time I took an AMBIEN I woke up downstairs on the floor in front of the fireplace. I had no recollection of how I got there, but I know I must have sleep walked from my bedroom upstairs down to the living room because I definitely remembered going to bed. Weird!
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    Sep 17, 2008 10:10 PM GMT
    I've been prescribed 50MG Desyrel (trazodone) tabs that I take as needed. I asked my doctor for something that would act relatively quickly, but not last for very long and leave me groggy in the morning. And not be likely to become addictive.

    It works well for me, but I don't take it regularly. I feel it about 20 minutes after I take it, and it usually puts me to sleep, while its effects are mostly gone in 3 hours or so. The rapid elimination from my system may be accelerated by an interactive drug reaction with the Tegretol (carbamazepine) I take for seizures.

    The downside to the quick elimination may be some difficulty returning to sleep if something wakes me after 3 to 4 hours. The upside is that I feel safer knowing I can be awoken in case of an emergency. And morning grogginess is largely absent.

    Trazodone is primarily an anti-depressant, but I see no effects on me in that regard, most likely because I'am not suffering from depression, and because I do not take it regularly.
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    Sep 17, 2008 10:15 PM GMT
    A shot of whiskey.. (I like Paddy Irish Wiskey)

    My grandpa use to have one every night before bed and lived to be 95.
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    Sep 18, 2008 2:52 AM GMT
    THANKS FOR ALL YOUR ADVICE....NOW I HAVE A LOT TO CHOOSE FROM. JUST WISH THAT I DON'T TAKE THEM ALL AT ONCE icon_biggrin.gif YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME!
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    Sep 18, 2008 2:56 AM GMT
    melatonin. it's what your body uses to put you to sleep...
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    Sep 18, 2008 3:05 AM GMT
    Turkey has stuff in it that works. Possibly, someone said that already, but I was too lazy to read. Also, before you go to bed, try not to be around bright lights, maybe dim it down. This will make your mind adjust more to the natural settings our bodies are used to being at when we are in the outdoors. That is why usually when one goes camping, they can go to bed easier earlier.
  • SkyMiles

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    Sep 18, 2008 3:09 AM GMT
    I sometimes do Tylenol's Simply Sleep, cheap and over the counter. It gets you to sleep, but then you're kinda groggy the next morning so I'm not sure if this is that great a recommendation. icon_rolleyes.gif